English

English 9

The ninth grade English class is structured to provide students with formal instruction in grammar, listening and speaking skills, literary analysis, vocabulary studies, and writing. The two-semester course provides students with the daily opportunity to analyze complex grammar structures and rules and apply to their writing. Following a unit anchor text, students respond and propel discussions and presentations. They learn to provide evidence and rhetoric to support point of view, bias, and credibility, adapting speech to demonstrate command of formal English.  A variety of short stories, novels, essays, poems, and think pieces are read so that guided exploration of themes in literature, literary devices, elements of story, character development, methods of persuasion, authorial intent and perspective may occur, and the students may increase their ability to identify, thoughtfully analyze, and enjoy various genres of writing. Students will be guided through a diverse number of writing assignments with instruction provided pertaining to appropriate structure, effective thought-flow, meaningful content, correct grammar, and cohesiveness of style. Students will be instructed on how to correctly insert parenthetical references into their writing and how to create a Works Cited page in keeping with the Modern Language Association (MLA) format. The student will write for a variety of purposes and be encouraged to incorporate new vocabulary learned each unit. This course is designed to prepare students for 10th grade English and is required for graduation.


English 9 Honors

The ninth grade Honors English class is an intensive course designed to prepare students for the rigors of high school and eventually college. Students in an Honors class are expected to work quickly, grasp contents more easily, and have prior knowledge of key literary terms; therefore, the class will move at a faster pace with more independent study. Most reading will be completed out of class, requiring students to be self-motivated. Class time is devoted to mastering concepts and discussing the unit of study. This course is structured to provide students with formal instruction in grammar, listening and speaking skills, literary analysis, vocabulary studies, and writing. The two-semester course provides students with the daily opportunity to analyze complex grammar structures and rules and apply to their writing. Following a unit anchor text, students respond and propel discussions and presentations. They learn to provide evidence and rhetoric to support point of view, bias, and credibility, adapting their speech to demonstrate command of formal English. A variety of short stories, novels, essays, poems, and think pieces will be read so that guided exploration of themes with literature, literary devices, elements of story, character development, methods of persuasion, authorial intent and perspective may occur and the students may increase their ability to identify, thoughtfully analyze, and enjoy various genres of writing. Students will be guided through a diverse number of writing assignments with instruction provided pertaining to appropriate structure, effective thought-flow, meaningful content, correct grammar, and cohesiveness of style. Students will be instructed on how to correctly insert parenthetical references into their writing and how to create a Works Cited page in keeping with the Modern Language Association (MLA). Students will write for a variety of purposes. This course is designed to prepare students for 10th grade Honors English class and is required for graduation.


English 10

This is a year-long college-preparatory English course consisting of four areas of language study necessary for effective communication: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students hone these skills through literary analysis, writing, sharing, and critical thinking in a 21st-century classroom. Organized around themes and genres from current and classic texts, students engage multiple literacies through a mixture of traditional methods and technology as appropriate. Throughout the course, vocabulary and grammar/usage/mechanics are addressed in context and within the experience of the students’ own writings. Emphasis is placed on the development of comprehension and writing skills through essays, journals, presentations, and collaborative group processes. Students who complete this course can demonstrate competencies in the following: critical thinking and listening, world literature, research writing, creative writing, email etiquette, data management, multimedia presentations, and Microsoft Office as well as many other web-based applications. This course is required for graduation and provides the necessary skills and concepts for students to succeed in any career path.


English 10 Honors

The Honors program has higher expectations, richer assignments, and deeper experiences than a traditional English classroom. This is a year-long Honors course consisting of four areas of language study necessary for effective communication: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students hone these skills through literary analysis, writing, sharing, and critical thinking in a 21st-century classroom. Organized around themes and genres from current and classic texts, students engage multiple literacies through a mixture of traditional methods and technology as appropriate. Throughout the course, vocabulary and grammar/usage/mechanics are addressed in context and within the experience of the students’ own writings. Emphasis is placed on the development of comprehension and writing skills through essays, journals, presentations, and collaborative group processes. One book from the Honors Booklist must be read independently each semester. Students who complete this course can demonstrate competencies in the following: critical thinking and listening, world literature, research writing, creative writing, email etiquette, data management, multi-media presentations, and word processing as well as many other web-based applications. This course is required for graduation and provides the necessary skills and concepts for students to succeed in any career path.


English 11

With an emphasis on understanding and skill-building, the curriculum presents a myriad of literature from the American canon to show the connection of experience, the individual, and the historical events. Covering many of the major voices from every period in American literature, students will practice analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of selections from the text. In addition, the writing process factors heavily as students practice many types of writing with the intent of developing an appreciation of the nature of the literature while at the same time each student will “create” a personal style revealed in oral and written communication.  Vocabulary and reading comprehension, both critical skills for any future endeavor, are stressed through regular practice and assessment. Whether practiced through individuality or collaboration, students are encouraged to achieve their best to prepare them for their senior year and a successful future.


English 11 Honors

Focusing on mastery learning, this two-semester course explores the relationships among history, literature, and the individual within the scope of the American experience.  From Hawthorne and Twain to Fitzgerald and Miller, students are introduced to and learn to read and write within the spheres of multiple genres and time periods. The main objective is to appreciate the relevance of literature and composition in affecting change within the self and the community.  In addition, students learn to share these understandings through products, presentations, and interactions across a wide range of mediums as they hone their communication skills by learning to apply writing, speaking and listening conventions to the writing process.


English 12

12th grade English presents opportunities for individual student growth via a wide range of print and digital literature, writing with consideration for the process, patterns, audience, and purpose, critical thinking, research,  collaboration, grammar, usage, mechanics, and public speaking. Traditional topics for this course include the culture, social development which developed the literature of England and online sites that present current events and social issues; vocabulary and idiomatic terms, the fundamental technique of argumentation, literary analysis of non-fiction essay, various academic writing patterns, and precise grammatical conventions. Students examine 21st-century literacies and cultural markers significant in our technology-driven society from a variety of media sources (print, visual and auditory), and practice techniques for deconstructing meaning from visual messages. Second-semester writing presents real-world communication, a senior research/argumentative paper, and digital resume preparation.


English 12 Honors

Honors 12th grade English challenges a student who anticipates more rigor than a regular 12th-grade curriculum. The course gives opportunities for individual student growth via a wide range of print and digital literature, writing with specific organizational patterns, reading comprehension, research, collaboration, argumentation, standard English conventions of grammar, usage, and mechanics, and oral presentation. The primary literature for this course focuses on the literary history of England; however, supplemental readings introduce text of 20th-century prose and online articles about current social issues.  The aim of this course is to engage motivated students seeking a greater range of topics in the areas of communication and literacy that will facilitate higher educational pursuits.